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#TeamBikini

Posted in Beachwear, BIKINI, France, London, United States of America with tags , , , , , , , on August 28, 2016 by harlette

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History Repeats

In 1907, at the height of her popularity, Australian Annette Kellerman was arrested on Revere Beach, Massachusetts, for indecency – she was wearing one of her fitted one-piece costumes

I have been hesitant to write on this subject of the French beach Burkini ban when I have personally visited Saudi Arabia as part of the KSA Lingerie Campaign. I have worn and been photographed wearing a hijab and its for this reason I thought it would be sensible to remain neutral. I don’t vote in France and when I visit France I wear a bikini or one piece.

I have decided to comment, as on Thursday outside the French Embassy in London a protest was conducted by women wearing Burkini’s. The tradition and culture of France is being challenged coerced and condemned on the streets of London and in beloved Britain.

As someone that has had a bikini 100% made in France and launched my very first Bikini range in Paris, France in 2013, I have to stand up for #teambikini.

Tradition, Culture are being bounced about, like the wobbly bits bursting from the bikini bottom and tiny triangle tops and all the while the traditions of relaxing on the beach in peace, worshipping the sun, reading a good book, taking a dip in the ocean are being over taken by statement swimsuits on the beach.

But its not the first time someone has been arrested on a beach in a swimsuit and I doubt it will be the last. Annette Kellerman was arrested on Revere Beach, Massachusetts, for indecency when she wore one of her fitted one piece costumes in 1907.

Ironically Annette Kellerman born and bred in Sydney Australia, ended her days on the Gold Coast. I was born in Sydney moved to the Gold Coast and my family live there today.

Papers are claiming that the creator of the Burkini is Australian but Ms Zanetti was born in Lebanon and immigrated.

Following the 2005 riots, Cronulla council invited Muslim women to become lifesavers in an effort to make the beach more inclusive.

Ms Zanetti was commissioned to design a modest version of the iconic red and yellow swimsuit for the new volunteers to wear.

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The world is wondering What exactly is the power of 25cm of Lycra material & 2 meters of elastic.

France is at the forefront of the “Butt Four”(but for) the Bikini test. Making a monumental case for less is indeed more.

Most of the beaches where bans have been imposed are on the Riviera in south-east France.

However, few are thought to have issued fines other than the authorities at Cannes and Nice, where more than 20 fines have been handed out

Barbara Streisand in the sixties sang  a song titled when in Rome do as the Romans do?

So what do the Romans do in France they wear bikini’s they even go topless.

What do the Romans do in Britain, they wear Bikinis 👙 which is 100% more modest than the Freikörperkulturst ‘nudist’ camps in Germany or the fondness for nude sauna’s and birch beating branches practices in Scandinavia.

What do the Romans do Down Under on Bondi Beach ? They wear Bikinis 👙 well every one except Nigella!

What do the romans do in USA well the beach boys sang it so successfully

The West coast has the sunshine
And the girls all get so tanned
I dig a French bikini on Hawaii island
Dolls by a palm tree in the sand
I wish they could be California girls.

There is a beach volleyball game of ideas being served up. I’m standing firmly in the quick sand on the side of “team bikini” I stand ready to serve a volley to win game set & match on the shoulder of giants. Icons of the perfect 10, Bo Derek in a bikini 👙 ?

The journey of a bikini 👙 is a fascinating and alluring and down right glamorous in moments. Starting in France its designed, colour pallets set by trend agents and presented to professionals at the trade shows in Paris & Lyon.

A year later your buying a bikini 👙 for your summer 🎆 holiday. Something that everyone has experienced by birth right is the right to wear a bikini 👙 at the beach.

Well that was what I thought until June 2009, I was looking at the sea & a beach off the shore of Jeddah. Not a bikini in sight, well in Jeddah, the romans don’t do bikinis 👙 The rule of law is enforced by the religious police.

The Islamic religious police (Arabic: مطوع‎‎ muṭawwiʿ, plural مطوعون muṭawwiʿūn – derived from Arabic: mutaṭawwiʿa/muṭṭawwiʿa) is the official vice squad of some Islamic states, who on behalf of the state, enforces Sharia law in respect to religious behavior (morality), or the precepts of Wahhabism.

Anything that breaks the laws of morality are brought to the attention of the mutaween and was the very reason I was standing in Saudi Arabia in the first place. Images of women in lingerie were blacked out 100%, men were only allowed to sell lingerie products and the woman that invited me into Saudi had been stopped by the religious police for trying to remove the label to view what the lingerie product looked like.

In 2016, with people protesting, outside the French embassy in London wearing a Burkini. How many of the British women have been to middle east countries with dress restrictions against the right to wear a bikini?

What point are they making?

I was unable to wear my normal clothes, I had to wear an abaya and hijab, I was respectively adhering to law staying in my hotel room not being in public alone. Definitely not defiantly wearing a bikini on Jeddah seafront. When in Rome, I did as the Romans did! I covered up, I changed, I respected the customs the law and the local dress style.

I ask the simple question why is the western legal system being challenged by those that are not OK to follow when in Rome do as the Romans do! You cant have the rule of law, all times, all countries, otherwise we then have a single government, a single rule, that supersedes all countries.

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Can there be grounds for “Bikini Exit”? Was Brexit a partial response to EU law superseding British law. Other wise what is the point of a constitution, royal families, privy councils and individual nations government.

Could the Bikini actually be the symbol of The right to vote in your country, your local government and your local council. How and why does the “burkini” symbolise human rights in 21st century?

What do nuns do when they visit the beach?

Why have we not seen a claim of a habit to be worn on a beach as human rights?

I might make light, to make a point of this? I might jest about a “Butt Four” test. But would any one come and save me, defend me, and claim my human rights if I made a decision to wear a bikini 👙 on a Saudi beach?

Of course being a rational, and law abiding visitor to another nation. Its not an action I would take. Only for the sake of debate do I illustrate the two sides of the Lycra liability.

Big words like human rights are being attached to 1 meter of Lycra with a zipper versus 25 cm of Lycra with 2 meters of Elastic.

Who where and when will my human right to wear a bikini on Jeddah beach be defended. The answer is never, so why are these big two words, being associated with what is happening on the Riviera.

I have to stand up for #teambikini.

What team will you stand up for?

Tweet #teambikini

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Pacifique Swim Collection Catwalk by Harlette

Posted in Australia, Beachwear, BIKINI, Cruisewear, Elite Traveller, Fashion, Fashion Design, Fashion Manufacturing, Fashion Week, France, Harlette, Lifestyle, London, Luxury Lingerie, Luxury Swim, Luxury Underwear, One Piece, SWIMMING, Swimwear, Sydney, Uncategorized on July 9, 2016 by harlette

Harlette Swim debuted their 2nd Swim collection, in the Caribbean on the island of Curacao as part of international Swim Fashion Week. Included a 100% made in France luxury bikini called Jet Set. The jet set bikini features iconic Paris, and 100% made in Britain Velvet which is 1st in the world design by Harlette.

The Harlette Swim collection was launched in the Caribbean on the island of Curacao, as part of International Swim Fashion Week Harlette were the only British Brand to be invited to showcase the collection. The Collection includes Bikinis, Plunge One Pieces Harlette’s Signature Design Bikini. Featuring exotic prints from Tahiti, to Atacama Desert to Arrive in Paris. This inspiration behind the collection is the journey of the Black Pearl and the trip it travelled from Tahiti to make the first show in Paris.

 

The British brand, rated by the Economic Times as the 5th most unique company to supply services globally and as seen on Billie Piper in the 4th and final series of Secret Diary of a Call Girl. Harlette have moved production back o UK, Harlette are the only company in the world to hold a patent for a diamond and platinum suspender clips and the first company in the world to make a luxury south sea pearl lingerie set. Harlette have a couture lingerie service in London 100% made in Britain.

The concierge on demand bespoke service is available for delivery globally. Appointments are made when you arrive in London. You make your selection & Design and Construction of your garment will then follow and can be shipped to your home or holiday destination if you leave London.

Onshoring – Harlette

Posted in Beachwear, BIKINI, Caribbean, Couture, Couture Lingerie, Cruisewear, Diamonds, Elite Traveller, Fashion, Fashion Design, Fashion Manufacturing, Fashion Week, France, Harlette, Lingerie, Lingerie Models, London, Luxury Lingerie, Luxury Swim, Luxury Underwear, Patent, Pearls, Platinum Lingerie, Silk, SWIMMING, Swimwear, Sydney, Underwear, United Kingdom with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2016 by harlette

The media is awash with the news of offshore investments Panama Gate, resignations of Iceland’s Prime Minister, but something that caught my attention was an article in the guardian on sweat shops in Myanmar.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/bill-nighy/global-pverty-hope-for-myanmar_b_9612852.html

All this talk of Offshoring got me thinking about Onshoring.  Since 2009 Harlette have been practitioners of Onshoring, beginning with designing & manufacturing in Australia.

This is an example of Australian Design and Manufacturing recently on Catwalk in Caribbean on the island of Curacao as part of International Swim Fashion Week.

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Kia Archer, from Elite Miami models Riviera Rouge 100% Silk & French Lace

Harlette expanded the Onshoring activities for Luxury Lingerie Manufacturing to UK in 2015 this is 100% made in London with a collection of 8 to 12 styles available in 10 days.

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Sharon Fonseca from Ford, model’s Harlette couture Cleopatra ShowPiece

on Catwalk in Caribbean, ISFWCuracao.

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Holly Baratta from Elite Miami models

100% made in London showpiece

Featuring 100% UK Linton Tweed made into luxury lingerie

Harlette in 2016 have expanded Onshoring Manufacturing to France last month. To produce this luxury bikini, first run 10 days from fabric selection manufacture to final finish.

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Cassandra Ross wears 100% made in France Jet Set Bikini

on ISFWCuracao Catwalk in Caribbean

Harlette approach to limited edition Luxury is unique in the world just as you are unique.

If your discovering Harlette for the first time, our consistent approach to sourcing luxury fabrics and French lace quality sees our collections selected by stylists, TV shows and magazines.

Harlette onshore all luxury design, manufacturing in three countries Australia, Britain & France globally. Including the only luxury company in world to have a patent for platinum & diamonds suspenders and worlds first south sea pearl luxury lingerie set.

The Economic Times listed Harlette company as the 5th most unique company to provide services globally

Harlette provides you with 100% certainty where your luxury garments are made and manufactured and Harlette delivers to you anywhere in the world.

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Hannah Flattery models couture Baby Doll

100% made in London on ISFWCuracao Catwalk in Caribbean

 

 

The Luxury Jetset Bikini by Harlette

Posted in Beachwear, BIKINI, Cruisewear, Dubai, Elite Traveller, Fashion, Fashion Week, France, Harlette, Hollywood, Japan, Jewellery, London, Los Angeles, Luxury Swim, Malaysia, Private Island, SWIMMING, Swimwear, Uncategorized with tags on March 15, 2016 by harlette

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100% Made in France

Jetset Luxury Bikini by Harlette began life in France just a few days ago, it took just 5 day to make. The bikini left France Monday, arrived in London Tuesday, passed through Miami Friday, to arrive in the Caribbean Saturday to be the star in a sizzling hot beach shoot on the island of Curacao.

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The bikini, then crescendo’s as the final closing Showpiece for Harlette catwalk in the Caribbean on Saturday night 12th March as part of the opening show Day 2 International Swim Fashion Week Curacao at Papagayo Resort as mentioned by Harpers Bazar Malaysia http://harpersbazaar.my/fashion/international-swim-fashion-week-2016-set-in-curacao-caribbean/

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Harlette, already has received orders back in London the day after the show for Jetset Luxury Bikini to be Show, Click & Buy.

This Bikini travels just as much as you.

So if your in London or New York and want it delivered to you in Monaco, Dubai, Tokyo or Caribbean,

Harlette will deliver to you any where in the world.

Pre Order 100% Made in France JetSet Bikini here and experience a complete certain luxury experience with every detail designed for you especially the jewellery features.

http://www.harlette.com/luxury-lingerie/swim-curacao/jetset-bikini/

After the show, people said they really enjoyed the music.

The Harlette Swim Parade 2016 ~#isfwcuracao track list

The Show opened with

Track 1: 2012·Baccara – Yes Sir, I Can Boogie / Cara Mia (1977) RCA Victor https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VSQjx79dR8s

Track 2: Tape Five – La Passifleur https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Ti-fnubP73g

Track 3: Chic – Le Freak https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=h1qQ1SKNlgY

Track 4: David Bowie – Lets Dance https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=N4d7Wp9kKjA

Track 5: Inxs  – Need You Tonight https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=w-rv2BQa2OU

This show closed with

Track 6: Kylie – All the Lovers https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=frv6FOt1BNI
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#NormCom Revolution Paris Nana’s in Knickers

Posted in Fashion Week, France, Lingerie, Lingerie Models, Paris, Underwear, Womens Empowerment with tags , , , on January 26, 2016 by harlette

Imagine the catwalk bursting into life and colour as the first lingerie silhouettes take flight and sounds fill the air like hungry ghosts reminding you, I don’t think about you anymore but I don’t think about you any less

There is acrobatic ribbon dancing and a sweet serenade between lovers embracing and climbing on each other as the show intensifies.

Then, arrives without warning, a moment when you scratch your head, and ask really is this what people want?

Reality

Well in Paris on the 25th of January 2016, that is what the crowd clapped and cheered for. In the Garden of Eden, enchantment surrounded, elegance and the best succulent designs from around the globe were not cheered, were not celebrated they were treated as the expected, the mundane, the average and the same.

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In a moment of frenzy, what you see in every house around the world in basic traditional colours. Erupted a reaction that one can only describe as Incredible.

Claps and Cheers for “Nana’s in Knickers” as they skipped and sauntered their way through Lingerie Paris catwalk on a Sunday afternoon.

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There is a movement of people #JOMO (joy of missing out) and celebrating disconnecting from it all, going to bed at 10pm and getting up a 4am doing life like our grandparents did.

Now with what was on the catwalk in Paris are we going to be looking to our grandparents to be style icons?

Will the ROMCom all white t shirt, blue jeans, white tennis shoes stars from friends be replaced with NormCom, and Nana’s and styles to be defined by normal hair shades, normal colour palettes.

Is this what society craves right now, Normal?

Or is it something more delicious than this?

That Femininity of all ages is timeless, that no age group is going to be left out. That the catwalk is no longer something exclusive for a younger female form.

Big Questions

Is there a revolution starting in Paris that will permeate the annuals of Fashion?

At the Paris Opera, there was a live band, playing The Specials Message to Rudy

Stop your messing around (ah-ah-ah)
Better think of your future (ah-ah-ah)
Time you straighten right out (ah-ah-ah)
Creating problems in town (ah-ah-ah)

The song permeated what was going on the catwalks, at the core of life, right now its about basics, settling down, accepting what is. The future is very much unknown, but we are going to need the strength and wisdom of all our family, friends, and all age groups to get where we all need to go to in 2016.

Its all about celebration of #NormCore from Paris, with the Designer of the Year being Hanro.

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Is this the year 2016 of Reality Lingerie?

 

Happy New Year wishing you a year of Harmony from Harlette

Posted in Art, France, New Year, Norway, Paris, Sydney, United Kingdom with tags , on January 7, 2015 by harlette

One thing the world agrees on a midnight new years eve moving into the first moments of New Years day is Unity.

Then we forget and move into our fluffy slippers, newspapers, box sets, Netflix, isolation, nationalism, ideology, philosophy or just plain worry, tiredness, forgetfulness and fear.

One of the best quotes from house of cards

Harmony that’s the word that’s stuck in my mind, its not about what’s lasting or permanent, it’s about individual voices coming together for a moment … and that moment lasts the length of a breath…

That’s what I think of at New Year and how I can bring more of this into the rest of the year

Want greater harmony and balance with someone very special, remember the four T’s – tact, timing, trust &  (a tiny bit of ) telepathy

Starting with Oslo, Paris, Ho Chi Min City, London and Sydney.. all the cities that I have had the privilege of collecting ideas and meeting wonderful people during 2014

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Bonne année tout le monde

felice anno nuovo il tempo per sognare

С Новым годом время мечтать

سنة جديدة سعيدة

 새해 복 많이 받으세요
שנה טובה ומבורכת
ευτυχισμένο το νέο έτος
bhliain nua sásta
幸せ新しい年
chúc mừng năm mới

שנה טובה ומבורכת

新年快樂

नया साल मुबारक हो

新年快樂

felice anno nuovo

새해 복 많이

gelukkige nuwe jaar

glückliches neues Jahr

bhliain nua sásta

szczęśliwego nowego roku

godt nytt år

This is where I spent New Year in Norway minus 18 degrees

making love hearts in the snow and watching sunrises

over the same place Monet did back in 1895 when he created this piece of his collection

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May we strive for Harmony

Conde Nast Traveller feature Harlette Kensington Kiss Luxury One Piece Swim

Posted in Beachwear, Cruisewear, Elite Traveller, Fashion, Fashion Design, France, Harlette, Luxury Swim, Magazines, One Piece, Paris, Swarovski, SWIMMING, Swimwear with tags , , , , , , , on February 4, 2014 by harlette

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Harlette presents its first SWIM collection, launched in Paris. Featuring made with Swarovski Elements, the collection gives a truly luxurious swim experience. Whether poolside at  the Burj Al Arab in Dubai or the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood, beachside in Bermuda, Bondi, Cannes, Ibiza or Positano, no one will have a one piece or bikini as fashion forward as              your SWIM by Harlette. Visit www.harlette.com to view the full collection.

Ariana wears Kensington Kiss Luxury One Piece £135.00 made with Swarovski Elements. You can order yours directly from the Harlette Boutique

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To purchase click here http://www.harlette.com/luxury-lingerie/pearl-swim-one-piece/kensington-kiss-one-piece-luxury-swim/

Video from Day 3 live from Paris on stand J50 at Salon International de la Lingerie. Harlette walks through some of the swim collection and glamourous kimono’s for the beach with the feature in Conde Nast Traveller February.

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